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Letter: Participation of LI minority voters

Voters trickle in to cast their ballots in

Voters trickle in to cast their ballots in the primary election at the Joseph A. Edgar School on Tuesday morning in Rocky Point. (Sept. 10, 2013) Credit: James Carbone

Coalitions, voter registration and turnout are critical factors to ensure that Long Island's minority residents will have fair representation in Albany, on county legislatures and on town boards after the 2020 census ["Coalitions, voter turnout key," News Column, Nov. 26].

Efforts to create new minority State Senate, county and town board districts failed recently because of low minority voting numbers and partisan gerrymandering.

Our legislative chambers will change to reflect Long Island's new demographics when minority registration and voter turnout is greatest.

Jeffrey M. Wice, Long Beach

Editor's note: The writer served as redistricting counsel to the State Senate and the Nassau County Legislature's Democrats. He brought a challenge earlier this year in federal court against the Town of Hempstead's redistricting.
 

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